WASHINGTON — Nationals OF Bryce Harper is not convinced he can begin a rehab assignment as quickly as his manager believes.
Davey Johnson had said Friday that he expects Harper to start a rehab stint Tuesday at Class A Potomac. Harper, who has been sidelined since May 26 with left knee bursitis, said he thought he needed an extra day or two.
"It just depends how I feel (Saturday) and" Sunday, Harper said Saturday. "Monday is an off day, which is good. Tuesday, that's kind of early. I'm thinking Wednesday or Thursday, maybe."
Reporters later informed Johnson of Harper's comments during the manager's pregame media session.
"I'll have a conversation with him about that," Johnson said. "When a player starts playing, it's really up to me what I think they need. Not up to the player. I'm always trying to do what's best for the player. But at the same time, it's my job to know when they're ready and when they're not."
Harper has missed 30 of the Nationals' 74 games. The NL rookie of the year ran in the outfield and took swings in the indoor batting cage the previous two days.
"Running after a ball and running on the bases and hitting, I'm full speed, every single day," Harper said. "It's going to be hard playing at 70 percent if they want me to play at 70 percent. I'm not going to do that. I want to come back 100 percent and get back as quick as I can."
JETER JOINS YANKS: Yankees SS Derek Jeter, who had been rehabbing from a broken left ankle in Tampa, took batting practice at Yankee Stadium and said he hopes to start running on the field soon. "I feel good," he said. "Everything's moving in the right direction."
Bosox ACE SCRATCHED AGAIN: Red Sox RHP Clay Buchholz, the AL leader with a 1.71 ERA, is not expected to start Tuesday, and there's no timetable for when he might be ready to return from a strained neck. Buchholz has been on the disabled list since June 9.
HAMILTON SITS: Angels OF Josh Hamilton is out until at least Tuesday with a right wrist injury that flared up 10 days earlier. Hamilton had been playing through the pain but had a cortisone shot Friday.
CARDINALS: LHP Tyler Lyons, who lasted 1⅔ innings in Friday's start, was optioned to Triple-A Memphis and replaced in the rotation by RHP Joe Kelly. RHP Michael Blazek was recalled from Memphis to add bullpen depth.
GIANTS: CF Angel Pagan will seek a second opinion from a specialist on his injured left hamstring, which he said sustained a small tear during a rehab game with Class A San Jose on Thursday night. Surgery remains an option.
INDIANS: Former GM John Hart and three-time All-Star 2B Carlos Baerga were inducted into the club's Hall of Fame.
MARINERS: OF Franklin Gutierrez, out since April 23 with a right hamstring strain, was activated from the 60-day disabled list. OF/1B Mike Morse went on the 15-day DL with a right quad injury.
METS: 1B/OF Lucas Duda returned to New York for an MRI exam on his left side.
PADRES: LHP Clayton Richard went on the 15-day DL with a left shoulder strain. RHP Anthony Bass was promoted from Triple-A Tucson.
PHILLIES: RH setup man Mike Adams went back to the 15-day DL with biceps tendinitis. Adams was on the DL from May 11-26 with a back strain. RHP J.C. Ramirez was promoted from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
ROYALS: OF Jarrod Dyson, out since sustaining a high right ankle sprain May 15, was activated from the DL, and 2B Chris Getz was optioned to Triple-A Omaha.